I was raised in a Christian home and my father became a pastor when I was 9. Growing up, I was constantly made fun of for being overweight, smart and a pastor’s kid. I was also molested several times during my childhood. At 11, I began to use drugs to numb my pain and at 14, I began to self-harm. Later, I developed an eating disorder and began to over-exercise. After years of struggling with these issues, a friend told me about Mercy, and I knew I had to apply.
While at Mercy, God has taken away my fear and restored my relationship with my family. Being at Mercy has been the most life-changing experience I’ve ever had! I have learned that my identity has nothing to do with what I do or how I look. I know who I am in Christ. He has healed me of all my wounds and shown me that He is the only thing I need.
After graduation, I plan to finish my bachelor’s degree in psychology and get involved in the young women’s ministry in my church.